June 4, 2019

Meet the Ambassadors: Merecedes

About Merecedes
Merecedes works for Pittsburgh Public Schools and is also the owner and operator of Movie Scene Queen. This is her second year as a Community Ambassador.

How long have you lived in Pittsburgh?

All My Life (K-Ci & JoJo)

If this is your hometown, what’s your fondest memory about growing up in Pittsburgh? Did you bike as a child, and do you have any biking memories?

I did not bike as a child. But, I have some amazing memories as a child growing up in Pittsburgh. The Regatta, Arts Festival, Harambee in Homewood, Walks at the Highland Park reservoir, and Camp Fresh Air at the Hill House. Those are some of my fondest memories. But, growing up in Homewood and the Hill District made childhood that much more special. After school almost every day, we would get chased my a dog on our way to the Milwaukee Corner up Sugar Top. In the summer, there was nothing better than getting something to eat from Hoagie Castle, Mr. Baker’s Diary or Dana’s Bakery in Homewood. Can you tell that my childhood memories were driven by good food?

How long have you used the bike share program, and how do you use the bikes? (i.e. you bike to work, school, church)

2 years – group bike rides. I am too much afraid to ride by myself.

What year did you start biking?

2018

What are your favorite places to bike in Pittsburgh, and why?

Westinghouse Park, one of the oldest staples in the East End and it’s barely used. I had a lot of childhood memories visiting that park at the YMCA summer camp. Seeing it now as an adult brings back good memories. Plus, there’s a little incline to reach the park from Homewood Avenue and I can’t seem to make it on the bike. But, by the end of the summer, I’m confident I’ll be able to get to the park without stopping.

Complete the following sentence. I love Healthy Ride’s bike share program, because…

I can move at my own pace, grab a bike minutes away from my house, and explore the entire city. Homewood didn’t have that same access a year ago today.

You can follow Merecedes online at:
@CedesTheGreat

In addition to featuring our Ambassadors, Healthy Ride is creating a series of rider profiles to feature some of our riders and showcase how they use the system. If you would like to be featured, please fill out our survey.


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